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Impact of a Palliative Care Elective Course on Nursing Students’ Knowledge and Attitudes Toward End-of-Life Care

Robinson, Evelyn PhD, APRN, CNS; Epps, Fayron PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000342
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Being knowledgeable about end-of-life care can help nurses overcome barriers to managing chronicity in terminally ill patients. The purpose of this causal-comparative research study was to examine the influence of a palliative care elective course on 74 senior nursing students’ knowledge and attitudes toward providing end-of-life care. This study compared the differences between 2 groups of students, with 1 group receiving end-of-life care instruction based on the principles of the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium as an elective course.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr Robinson), Baton Rouge Community College, Louisiana; and Assistant Professor (Dr Epps), Georgia State University, Atlanta.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Robinson, Baton Rouge Community College, 5934 Hagerstown Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70817 (robinsone@mybrcc.edu).

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Accepted for publication: September 12, 2016

Published ahead of print: October 17, 2016

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